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Learning about music

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Bronwyn Wollman talks to students at Ella White Elementary School about different musical instruments and composers on Wednesday.

Never too old

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Stasia Hubert took advantage of Tuesday’s mild temperatures to groom her flower garden in Alpena. She said although she is 89 years old she enjoys working outdoors as often as she can and making her yard look nice.

O’Bryant waives preliminary rights

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ROGERS CITY — Former Rogers City School Superintendent Dave O’Bryant waived his preliminary rights at 89th District Court Tuesday. Earlier this month O’Bryant was arraigned on two charges — embezzlement and larceny by conversion. “You understand you have the right to have a ...

Veterans to be remembered

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ALPENA — Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial beginning of summer and many people use the extended weekend to barbecue, camp or travel. The real purpose of the holiday is one that people should not forget to celebrate. Each Memorial Day many communities host ceremonies ...

Making it look nice

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Alpena County employee Jon Bundy helps clean up the Alpena County Fairgrounds Tuesday.

APS adopts competency-based education resolution

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools adopted a resolution Monday supporting competency-based education opportunities for students. APS and 10 other school districts — Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Dexter, Fraser, Kenowa Hills, Oxford, Saline, Swan Valley and Tecumseh — have been working for ...

Author Jack Driscoll to visit Harrisville library

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HARRISVILLE — Author Jack Driscoll will visit the Alcona County Library Harrisville Branch at 1 p.m. June 2. The author of the book “The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot” will do some storytelling, a book signing and a question and answer time with guests. “I think it’s a ...

AHS hosts marketing/business conference for 140 students

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ALPENA — Alpena High School had 140 marketing and business students at Alpena Community College on Tuesday participating in a marketing/business conference learning about items to help them in the future. Teacher Melissa Timmreck said it was a goal to have a marketing/business conference ...

Council tables truck route decision

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ALPENA — Alpena Municipal Council took public comment during its meeting Monday about a proposed modification to a portion of the truck route in Alpena that will allow single unit trucks to use a small portion of Long Lake Avenue and Walnut Street to access Miller Street and allow ...

Alpena water, sewer rates to rise

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ALPENA — Beginning July 1, water and sewer customers in Alpena will see an increase in their quarterly bill. The revenue from the increase will be used for continued maintenance at the water plant and treatment plant. During Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting council voted 5-0 ...

APS board to purchase new Chromebooks

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved purchasing 612 new HP Chromebooks during its meeting on Monday. Paul Mancine, APS director of operational technology, recommended purchasing the Chromebooks. The Chromebooks are $182.89 each and are going to come with a ...

Memorial Day weekend filled with events in Presque Isle County

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PRESQUE ISLE — Presque Isle County will have many Memorial Day services and activities this weekend. The Posen Memorial Day services will begin at 9 a.m. Monday with a mass at St. Casimir Catholic Church. “Then they will proceed to the cemetery. After we complete that we will stop at ...

AMA ESD shares strategic plan update with staff

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ALPENA — On Monday, staff members of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District were updated about the AMA ESD’s strategic plan. The AMA ESD focused its strategic plan on six focus areas: service line/service delivery, accreditation, behavior, literacy, human resources, ...

Beautiful day

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Boats travel into and out of the harbor in Alpena, Sunday. The sunny day drew a lot of people outdoors to enjoy the nice weather.

ACAF seeking donations for its fundraiser

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Alpena County Animal Facility are seeking for any pre-loved items that you may no longer have a use for that they could sell to raise funds a building. Some of the items they are looking for are furniture, tools, household items, toys, wall art, sporting equipment, camping gear, kitchenware, ...

Community welcomes new United Way Executive Director

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ALPENA — The United Way of Northeast Michigan held a reception recently to welcome Sonya Thomas as its new executive director. Nearly 50 people attended the reception held at the APlex. Thomas will work with the local United Way staff and its board of directors to raise funds for its annual ...

First Fed, Mackinac merger complete

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The directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation, the holding company for mBank, announced Friday the consummation of the all-stock merger of First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. of Alpena with and into Mackinac. First Federal of Northern Michigan was consolidated into mBank and all ...

Getting ready to paint

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Josh Lucas, 18, scrapes the bottom of a boat before it’s painted at the City of Alpena Small Boat Harbor Friday.

Protocols help APS, Alcona deal with bomb threats

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In the past couple of months, both Alpena Public Schools and Alcona Community Schools have had to deal with written bomb threats found in the schools and the two school districts are working on how to deal with the matter and keeping students and staff safe. Alpena Superintendent Dr. John ...

AMA ESD receives waiver for early start

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ALPENA – The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District has been granted its waiver to start school before Labor Day for three years through the 2020-21 school year. The AMA ESD and the school districts in its intermediated district were granted the waiver based on ...